MISSION SANTA BARBARA
Santa Barbara, California
Mission Santa Barbara -- also known as Santa Barbara Mission -- is a Spanish Franciscan mission near present-day Santa Barbara, California. It was founded on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local Chumash -- the Barbareño tribe of Native American people. The Mission grounds occupy a rise between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and were consecrated by Father Fermín Lasuén, who had taken over the presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of the chain's founder, Father Presidénte Junípero Serra. Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission to remain under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars since the day of its founding.